The Centre on Social Movement Studies


Emiliano Treré

Research Fellow

Emiliano Treré is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences of the Scuola Normale Superiore (Italy), and a Research Fellow within the COSMOS Center for Social Movements Studies based at the same institution. He was previously an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the Autonomous University of Querétaro (Mexico), and a Research Fellow at Lakehead University (Canada). His research combines insights from practice theory, ecological approaches, mediation paradigms, and the sociology of culture and communication, in order to understand the multiple roles that communication plays within social movements. He has published extensively in top ranked international journals (such as New Media & Society, Communication Theory, Convergence, Comunicación y Sociedad, Global Media & Communication, Information, Communication & Society, the International Journal of Communication) and books on digital activism, alternative media and the challenges of digital technology for political communication. He is coeditor of “Social Media and Protest Identities” (Information, Communication & Society, 2015) and “Latin American Struggles & Digital Media Resistance” (International Journal of Communication, 2015). His book, provisionally titled Complexities of Contemporary Digital Activism: Social Movements and Political Parties in Spain, Italy and Mexico, is forthcoming for the Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics.

Research interests: digital politics, media ecologies, Latin America, anti-austerity protests, and algoritmic resistance

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"Standing up for Science" - a documentary by Dieter Rucht

A documentary by Dieter Rucht on the 2017 March for Science in Washington, D.C. - now available on YouTube.


COSMOS Talks Calendar - Second Semester 2018

Read here the full calendar of the COSMOS Talks Series


Call for Application Now Open: Summer School on Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics

We are pleased to announce that the call for applications is now open for the 1st Summer School of the ECPR Standing Group on Extremism & Democracy on ‘Concepts and Methods for Research on Far-Right Politics’, sponsored by the Centre for Research on Extremism (C-REX), the European Council for Political Research (ECPR), and the Centre on Social Movement Studies (COSMOS).


Edited Volume - 2018

Solidarity Mobilizations in the ‘Refugee Crisis’. Contentious Moves

Donatella della Porta (ed.)
This edited volume ddresses a gap in research on social movements that has disregarded the origins of discontent and overlooks protest as a resource of the powerless; it offers insight into how the movement of refugees across the European Union and elsewhere activates political opportunities; it explores claims to citizenship made by refugees within processes of knowledge production and the mobilization of emotions

Journal Article - 2017

Reshaping Citizenship through Collective Action: Performative and Prefigurative Practices in the 2013–2014 Cycle of Contention in Bosnia & Hercegovina

Chiara Milan
This essay analyses the strategic practices adopted by social movement actors during the 2013 and 2014 mobilisations in Bosnia & Hercegovina. By bridging critical citizenship studies with literature on social movements, it classifies them as belonging to the realm of activist citizenship, but also as having a performative and prefigurative dimension.